Porter Township, Cass County, Michigan

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Porter Township, Michigan
Porter Township is located in Michigan
Porter Township
Porter Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 41°49′8″N 85°49′38″W / 41.81889°N 85.82722°W / 41.81889; -85.82722Coordinates: 41°49′8″N 85°49′38″W / 41.81889°N 85.82722°W / 41.81889; -85.82722
Country United States
State Michigan
County Cass
 • Total 54.6 sq mi (141.5 km2)
 • Land 51.5 sq mi (133.4 km2)
 • Water 3.1 sq mi (8.1 km2)
Elevation 912 ft (278 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,798
 • Density 74/sq mi (28.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-65720[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626929[2]
Website portertownship.org

Porter Township is a civil township of Cass County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,798 at the 2010 census.[3]


  • Union 41°47′N 85°52′W / 41.783°N 85.867°W / 41.783; -85.867 is an unincorporated community in the southeast part of the township on US 12 at Union Rd. It has a post office.
  • Williamsville is an unincorporated community in the northwest part of the township on Sears St. and Williamsville St.
  • Zimmysville is an unincorporated community on the southwest part of the township near M-217


Porter Township is located in the southeast corner of Cass County and is bordered to the east by St. Joseph County and to the south by the state of Indiana. The St. Joseph River forms part of the township border, cutting off what would have been the southeast corner of the township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 54.6 square miles (141.5 km2), of which 51.5 square miles (133.4 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.1 km2), or 5.73%, is water.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,794 people, 1,523 households, and 1,134 families residing in the township. The population density was 73.3 per square mile (28.3/km²). There were 2,040 housing units at an average density of 39.4 per square mile (15.2/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.36% White, 0.63% African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.34% of the population.

There were 1,523 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the township the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 103.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $51,320, and the median income for a family was $55,739. Males had a median income of $41,642 versus $27,004 for females. The per capita income for the township was $24,026. About 3.9% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.


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